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this is that the original stevensons--there were seven brothers, who came to the united states in the 18th century so when they multiply, then you have legions and legions of stevensons who live all across the country now. c-span: where did they come from? >> guest: well, they came originally from scotland, from the lowlands in scotland and life got pretty dour and tough over there so then they went to scotland--excuse me, to ireland, and they're part of this big migration that comes to the united states in the 18th century; comes into pennsylvania and then works its way by means of the great philadelphia road down into the south. and each generation moves on. i mean, this is a really american story, this scots-irish migration. and then these people in turn populate areas of the south. and in a critical decision for the stevensons when they were living in kentucky, they chose to move into the free state of illinois. and, of course, their family history would have been entirely different had they stayed in the south, or even gone farther west into slave-holding states. c-span: what are we seeing right here
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